Hamster the mysterious animal is now living with us as a pet. Let’s find out the reality of our mysterious friend in this and the other three articles.
- The Misunderstanding And Truth About Hamster
- The Truths about the Every Day Myths about hamster
- Daily care and related diseases: The myths and truths about hamster
The spliced cage of the pipe cage simulates the underground life of hamsters very well, so it is recommended to use
Hamsters build nests and sleep in underground systems, but they don’t live in them
Hamsters in nature build nests, sleep and store food in tunnels. Therefore, some merchants have proposed the concept of pipe cages, claiming that they can simulate the behavior of hamsters in nature and observe the behavior of hamsters. This sentence really can only be heard as an advertisement.
Therefore, you should not choose a cage with too long vertical height when buying a pipe cage. In addition, most of the pipe cages are made of plastic, and the air permeability is very poor. In addition, some pipes are not well air-permeable.
There have been many cases of hamsters fainting and even death in the cage due to insufficient oxygen. In addition, the pipes are very difficult to clean, and the plastic material is also difficult to maintain good sanitary conditions. Imagine that the original hamster’s urine is absorbed by litter, but there is no litter in the plastic pipe. This is no different from using a bare cage without litter, and sanitary conditions are difficult to guarantee.
Setting a tall cage allows hamsters to play their climbing nature
Hamsters mainly live on flat ground and have no nature to climb
The natural living environment of hamsters determines that they mainly operate underground and on the ground, and they are not as good at climbing as mice. Although some hamsters will climb the height of the cage if they have the opportunity, it is actually very unsafe for them. The hamster does not need to fall too high and will be injured. Climbing may also be the hamster stuck in the gap. If you want the hamster to climb higher, you can also use climbing ladders, slopes, etc., instead of letting the hamster climb directly on the wire of the cage.
You don’t need a big cage after you have a running wheel for hamsters
The running wheel and the area of the cage are not a substitute for each other
Assuming that the running wheel can really replace the large cage area, then as the cage area becomes larger, the running time should be less and less. But it seems that this is not the case: Fischer (2007) et al. found that the length of running wheel activity did not decrease as the cage area increased. But as the cage area becomes larger, the frequency of biting the cage does decrease.
It can be seen that there is no substitute for the larger cage area and the use of running wheels. Even if running wheels are provided, it is necessary to expand the area of the cage. The reason for this phenomenon has not yet been found, but it shows that the running wheel and area are very important to the healthy and happy hamsters.
My personal guess is that the improvement of the living area of hamsters can improve the living conditions of hamsters to a certain extent, but it is also limited to spreading the living facilities, such as the degree of separation of bathrooms, toilets, bedrooms, and play areas, but it is far from reaching Replace the degree of hamster activities in the wild (up to 20km distance).